May 2016

Announcing Edcamp Impact Grants

Have an Edcamp Idea You’re Eager to Implement? Need Some Funds? Impact Grants Can Help!

The Edcamp Foundation is very excited to announce our new Impact grants! These grants are awarded to educators who have attended an edcamp and want to implement an idea that they learned there. Each grant is for up to $1,000. The goal is to support the spread of what happens at an edcamp into schools around the country. Learn at an edcamp, and make the learning spread beyond its starting point! Initially, we will be awarding 25 Impact Grants on July 15, 2016.

Think about what you learned at an edcamp and how you can create a larger impact from it. Dream BIG!

  • Would you like to hire a substitute and go visit a rockstar teacher’s classroom for a few days?
  • Would you take a course in coding for the classroom?
  • Do you learn more about why making is important and then build a Makerspace in your library?
  • Would you bring in an expert to support the learning of all of the teachers in your school?

 

The first deadline for applying is June 30, 2016. The applications will be read between July 1-14, 2016, with the grants awarded immediately afterwards.

Applications will be reviewed by a team of amazing edcamp organizers, as the Foundation wants this program to reflect the grassroots nature of the edcamp movement. If you are interested in joining this group of organizer-readers, please let us know. info@edcamp.org

Each grant will be read by five of the organizer-readers and must be approved by at least three of them. The goal is to impact as many students, teachers, classrooms and schools as we can with the fabulous ideas that are generated at edcamps. We are especially looking for grants that enhance a teacher’s skills and understanding.

A random number generator will create the list of the order in which the grants will be read. When 25 grants are decided upon, the readers will stop reading applications until the next round. Any grants not read in Round 1 will automatically move on to Round 2. Please only submit one grant per person each year.

To apply for one of the Edcamp Impact Grants, here is the application!

Happy dreaming and bringing about change!

Celebrating Amazing Edcamp Organizers

The Edcamp Foundation had the distinct honor of hosting our first Edcamp Organizer Summit, an amazing two day event filled with energy and passion. The goal of the Summits is to celebrate our amazing Edcamp organizers. These organizers are usually full-time educators who give tirelessly of their time and energy to help provide an edcamp for their region. They plan and build each event as willing volunteers, and the Foundation wants to lift them up. For the first Summit in Philadelphia, we invited the edcamp founders, the Edcamp Philly team and other organizers from around the mid-Atlantic region. In all, we had 125 people attend the Summit, which was held at a beautiful conference center, with everything provided.

As well as honoring the organizers, the Foundation wants to provide a space where they can come together to learn and grow together. The hashtag for event, #EdcampSummit, trended on the Saturday. There was so much energy and excitement. For an overview of the tweets, here is the Storify of the time. 

The feedback for those who attended was overwhelmingly positive and highlighted the fact that the Summit had indeed given them a chance to both build their edcamp network and make new friends.

"Wow, what a tremendous experience! In my mind, the best part was of course connecting with amazing educators that are passionate about empowering the voices of teachers in Edcamps!"

"It was great to have experienced edcampers discuss common concerns and best practices."

"I really like the fact that the summit took place over two days. Being able to have the evening to process what I learned and talked about on Day 1 and then being able to regroup and continue those conversations the next day was wonderful!"

"The networking, collaboration and passion was invigorating!"

During the edcamp portion of the Summit, the topics ranged from "How to Build the best Session Board" to "Edcamp for Introverts." The conversations were as rich and stimulating as at all of the edcamps around the world. To see the session board and the Google Docs of the notes, click here.

We are going to be hosting Summits around the country, using them to draw together the organizers from each section of the country to meet each other and strengthen this amazing movement of which we are all a part. The next one will be in Atlanta, GA on July 25 & 26; followed by one in Dallas in August. We are inviting organizers who live in the region to attend and if there is extra space, we will expand the invitation list to organizers from other regions. 

(One of the challenges that we found for our first Summit was that the Foundation does not have a complete list of organizers. As edcamps can be run without any contact with us, we are still building a list of who is organizing and hosting edcamps. If you are an edcamp organizer and would like to participate in an Edcamp Summit in your region, please fill out this form, so we can add you to the invitation list.) 

Research Request from Dinh Phan

Subject: EDCAMP Research Study – Seeking Elementary Teachers!  ($35 Amazon Gift Card)

Hello, Edcampers!  My name is Dinh Phan and I am a former elementary school teacher and a doctoral candidate at the Boston University School of Education. 

I am currently recruiting participants for a qualitative, multiple-case research study of public elementary classroom teachers who have recently participated in at least one Edcamp.  My research is focused on teachers’ perceptions of how, if at all, their Edcamp experience influences their professional practice.  This study would involve two, approximately one-hour interviews and a response to a brief, follow-up email.  The study will take place between May and November 2016.  After completing the study, participants will be emailed a $35 Amazon e-gift card.  The data collected in this study will be used for my doctoral dissertation.

If you are interested in participating, HERE is the link to the informed consent form detailing what would be expected of participants. 

Please feel free to contact me any time by email at dinh@bu.edu if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.  Please keep in mind that space is limited for this study!

 

"Teachers At the Wheel" by Jeffrey P. Carpenter

This is a fabulous article! Make sure to read it. It is full of great research!

Apologies for the added click. We have applied for permission from ASCD to publish it here. 

 

 

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